Court: DHS can use it’s cellphone kill switch anytime, anywhere


A D.C. appeals court ruled DHS can shutdown cellphone service anywhere for any reason and there’s NOTHING we can do about it!

In Feb. 2015 the appeals court agreed with the government’s contention that the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows DHS to withhold documents if their exposure could “endanger” public safety.

This is freaking unbelievable! An appeals court claims the public could be ‘ENDANGERED’ if we knew the details of DHS’s cellphone kill switch!

After the decision, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) asked the court to revisit the issue in what is known as an en banc review. The appeals court declined the order.

EFF demanded the document in 2011 after DHS shutdown cellphone service in a train station in advance of a peaceful protest! DHS refused to divulge the documents associated with Standard Operating Procedure 303, which the appeals court described as a “unified voluntary process for the orderly shut-down and restoration of wireless services during critical emergencies such as the threat of radio-activated improvised explosive devices.”

What is it going to take for the public to wake up? DHS controls our courts, police, justice system  and much more. Now they control our cell phone service! Where does it end?

EPIC sued and won the case in the lower courts. But power hungry DHS appealed and won!

In its petition for a rehearing, EPIC argued that the appellate court’s decision “created a catch-all provision that would allow federal agencies to routinely withhold records subject to disclosure where the agency merely asserts a speculative security risk.”

SOP 303 allows for the shutting down of wireless networks “within a localized area, such as a tunnel or bridge, and within an entire metropolitan area.”

This gives law enforcement carte blanche to shut down cell phone service anywhere in the country!

2 thoughts on “Court: DHS can use it’s cellphone kill switch anytime, anywhere

  1. When communications go down, it’s time to saddle up and get the hell out of the house.

    If you can’t confirm from a reliable source that the war hasn’t started, assume that it has. (there will also be many people on the internet insisting that everything’s fine — Alex Jones will be one of them) Alex Jones (and others of his ilk) may also tell you the war has started when it hasn’t. Make sure you’re getting your information from a reliable source (like this site)

    A word to the wise: The attack is coming, and communications will be attacked FIRST. The loss of communications should be your marching orders.

  2. I said in a previous thread, they should be delivering FREE cell phones to everyone’s doorstep, since they’re spying on us with them.

    BUT…we PAY THEM to spy on us: $50-$150 per cell phone per household. Sometimes HUNDREDS of dollars for one cell phone, if you’re insane, but I’ve seen cell phone bills like that. They are as thick as a book and get delivered in a box instead of an envelope.

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